Can Arizona Be This Year's Breakout Offense?

Assessing the odds and impact of the Cardinals making a second big leap forward

In the first article of this series, we took a look at recent breakout offenses. The team that made the second-biggest leap in PPG was the 2019 Cardinals. After scoring just 14.1 PPG in 2018 with Josh Rosen at quarterback, Arizona made a huge leap up to 22.6 PPG last season (an increase of more than 60%) with Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury running the offense. In fact, Arizona’s one-year improvement in PPG from 2018 to 2019 was the 3rd-highest in the last decade. The arrow is very much pointing up.

In terms of their scoring rank, the Cardinals went from 32nd in 2018 all the way up to 17th last season. Can they make the move from the middle of the pack to the top five in the league?

There is a good case to be made for a second-straight big leap and the Cardinals emerging as one of the highest-scoring teams in the NFL. Arizona has a couple of key indicators making them stand out as a potential breakout offense:

  1. A talented young quarterback with a still unknown ceiling.
  2. Upgraded skill position talent.

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